From Goodreads: “When a young man is found gruesomely murdered in a London houseboat, it triggers questions about three women who knew him. Laura is the troubled one-night-stand last seen in the victim’s home. Carla is his grief-stricken aunt, already mourning the recent death of yet another family member. And Miriam is the nosy neighbour clearly keeping secrets from the police. Three women with separate connections to the victim. Three women who are – for different reasons – simmering with resentment. Who are, whether they know it or not, burning to right the wrongs done to them. When it comes to revenge, even good people might be capable of terrible deeds. How far might any one of them go to find peace? How long can secrets smoulder before they explode into flame? Look what you started.“
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Wow this was so good! A thriller that I adored, and wasn’t really bothered about solving, because I was so caught up in the characters stories! It’s actually one of my favourite thrillers this year!
Out of the three women mention in the synopsis above, Laura was my favourite. Even though she was incredibly unpredictable and a bit scary, I felt sorry for her, especially as I learnt more about her past. I really hoped she wasn’t guilty, even though it looked really bad for her at times. Irene an elderly lady who Laura did grocery shopping for was a wonderful secondary character who I loved too.
The story was just brilliant, full of twists and turns. but with depth, not just out to shock or ramp up the tension like lots of psychological thrillers. This was an audiobook that I got lost in and enjoyed every single minute listening to.
Rosamund Pike’s narration was absolutely superb! I love her as an actress anyway, and this audiobook has made her one of my favourite narrators. She brought all the characters to life was such distinct voices, that at times I had to remind myself that I was only listening to one person. Sometimes I felt like I was listening to a dramatised version of the book rather than an audiobook.
This was actually my first book by Paula Hawkins, and I’m definitely going to check out her back catalogue
Thanks so much to NetGalley and Penguin Random House UK Audio, Transworld Digital for my digital copy via the NetGalley App.